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This headrest is carved from hardwood and well polished to accentuate details, such as the hands of the two kneeling ancestor figures supporting an elliptical "pillow "on their heads as if it were their ceremonial headdress. The configuration and motif of this work are typical of classical Tami...

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1965 or 1966, sold by Gallery Lemaire, Amsterdam to Clifford Ackley; 2009, gift of Clifford Ackley to the MFA. (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

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Gift of Clifford S. Ackley in memory of Stuart Cary Welch

Oceanic, Tami Island, Papua New Guinea, early 20th century


Overall: 15.2 x 12.1 x 6.4 cm (6 x 4 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

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Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts